Can You Start a Business in Your Garage?

Forty years ago, Apple was founded by 20-something young guys– some say, in a garage (Steve Wozniack disagrees with that depiction 🙂 ). Despite a number of ups and downs over the years, we know that Apple has emerged as the most valuable company in the world. Here is a video on the history of […]

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May the Force Be with You — and Your Toys

Although the latest installment in the Star Wars saga is first opening wide on December 18, toy makers and retailers have been revving up for an expected holiday bonanza. According to Bloomberg Business: “After Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith hit theaters in 2005, Star Wars toy sales jumped 385 percent from the year earlier. […]

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Amazon Versus Hachette, Amazon Versus Disney, Etc.

As the world’s largest book seller and online retailer, Amazon is never afraid to flex its muscles with regard to suppliers. So, these questions come into play: Is Amazon acting as an advocate for lower consumer prices (as the retailer claims)? OR is Amazon an unrestrained bully trying to increase its margins at the expense […]

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At Disney, the Empire Keeps Expanding

The breadth of the  Walt Disney Co. has grown dramatically over the years, with such acquisitions as ABC (which includes ABC TV, ESPN, and other properties), Pixar (the animated movie dynamo), Marvel (the comic book giant), and most recently Lucasfilm (the creator of Star Wars) — all of which complement Disney’s own content, theme parks, […]

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